I’m not.

Sure, we’ll all be able to download 3 TV shows in a single second and it will pave the way for virtual reality technologies, but is anyone actually checking if this technology is safe?

Like greedy cashed up kids in a candy store we are blindly rushing to implement this new technology without any considerations of the potential risks.

We did this 30 years ago when mobile phones first hit the consumer market. Unbelievably, mobile phones were not subjected to safety testing prior to their release. Shock/horror right? I can hear you arguing… “mobile phones have definitely been tested for safety, there are safety standards and everything”… This is true. Testing was conducted after they were released, however in my opinion, these tests were biased and flawed and conducted with technology that doesn’t even exist anymore, but that is a whole other discussion.

The truth is, we are only just starting to discover the effects of long term exposure to wireless technology which potentially includes reduced fertility, insomnia, disruption to cellular development, brain fog and even cancer.

But that is old generation technology. We are talking about 5G and the fact of the matter is that in this case there has been absolutely no safety testing. This technology is totally unlike any wireless technology we’ve used before in that it utilises millimetre waves (MMWs) to transmit data rather than microwaves.

Australia’s radiation safety government body, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), has stated on their website that 5G technology could penetrate skin to a depth of 8 millimetres.

Dr Joel Moskowitz, a public health professor at the University of California, Berkeley revealed that “the deployment of 5G, or fifth generation cellular technology, constitutes a massive experiment on the health of all species. Since skin contains capillaries and nerve endings, MMW bio-effects may be transmitted through molecular mechanisms by the skin or through the nervous system. 5G will use high-band frequencies, or millimetre waves, that may affect the eyes, the testes, the skin, the peripheral nervous system, and sweat glands.”

With 5G already available in the Gold Coast and a nation wide rollout expected to be completed by 2020 time is running out.

“More research is needed of 5G – but that research needs to be conducted before the technology is rolled out, by research groups that are not connected with the mobile phone industry,” says Lyn McLean, Electromagnetic Radiation Australia (EMRA) director.

So, what can we do? Well, we can start by getting behind petitions like this. The government needs to hold the telcos to account and fund some independent studies. If you have any other ideas, I’d love you to share them with me!